Focus On Afghanistan WTO Adhesion

Tuesday February 25, 2014
Kabul (BNA) Islamic Republic of Afghanistan by considering needs of the country into international investments and bilateral trade and transit cooperation and its impacts on national economic development process has extended efforts to finalize unison with World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2014.
It is quite significant to mention that Afghanistan by pursuing comprehensive economic policy launched a mass struggle in 2002 and succeed in getting observer status in WTO. In 2010, Afghanistan started undertaking effective economic measures to get the membership and for this purpose, the government put into practice series of imperative reforms and legislations pertaining trade, transit and market access strategy. In the meantime, the Ministry of Commerce & Industries (MoCI) has expressed hope that joining of Afghanistan to World Trade Organization (WTO) will settle Afghanistan’s trade and transit issues with the neighboring countries.
According to the officials Afghanistan requires to take important steps towards implementing necessary reforms to imply into international standards. These necessary reforms are covering several areas of interests such as international trade, investments, agriculture and public health. Neighboring countries to Afghanistan such as Pakistan, India, China, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia and Gulf States have already received WTO membership. Afghanistan imports majority if its commodities from neighboring Pakistan and adhesion of Afghanistan with the World Trade Organization will also decrease the issue which Afghanistan has witnessed in the past in trade and transit sectors from neighboring Pakistan. On the basis of the law, Pakistan isn’t allowed to create obstructions on way of Afghan business community in trade sector. Pakistani always strived to suppress Afghan businessmen in bilateral trade and get advantage of Afghanistan being a landlocked country. Majority of WTO members comprise the developing countries and most of them witnessed unprecedented level of investments following their unison with World Trade Organization.  

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